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Frank Sinatra and the First Concert in the Richfield Coliseum's History

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Frank Sinatra and the First Concert in the Richfield Coliseum's History

The Richfield Coliseum had quite a rich history in Northeast Ohio, hosting all types of events throughout its run, including so many different sporting events and concerts. And on October 26, 1974, Frank Sinatra christened the Coliseum as the first event at the new venue, a sold-out concert. Opening its doors for the first time to Old Blue Eyes, the Coliseum began a twenty-year, ultimately ill-fated journey as an arena built in a tough location (though Larry Bird sure loved it). But the Coliseum's demise would be something to worry about later; the arena would get to play host to some of...

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Cleveland, Ohio's Memorable World Series of Rock Run

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Cleveland, Ohio's Memorable World Series of Rock Run

We have used the phrase, "If you're a native Clevelander of any length” in many a posting, but this time we need to add “and a die-hard music fan," because we will be revisiting the World Series of Rock, which ran in Cleveland from 1974 through 1980.   The easiest thing to do to report on these amazing events would be to simply list the who’s who of artists that performed for over 80,000 music fans of all ages on any given year the shows ran, but we felt this event deserved a more personal approach. As it was truly a...

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A Look at Some of the Major Players in Cleveland's Organized Crime History

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A Look at Some of the Major Players in Cleveland's Organized Crime History

It's safe to say that any lifelong Clevelander is somewhat familiar with Cleveland’s notorious crime family history. Many even may have had a closer or personal connection to the history through a friend or relative. Loosely organized crime family activities first established themselves in Cleveland around 1900 and led to a particularly violent period in the 1970s that many believe ended Cleveland’s mafia legend. Whether organized crime in Cleveland has truly been vanquished or not, it is still well worth a look at some of the prominent figures within that 70+ years of activity. The key players throughout this time...

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Cleveland

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Cleveland

A total solar eclipse is always exciting, but it's especially exciting for Northeast Ohio residents in 2024, as Cleveland falls into the path of totality, ensuring nearly four minutes of total darkness in the city come April 8.  Here is everything you need to know about the 2024 total solar eclipse. What time will the eclipse take place? How long will it last? The total solar eclipse will begin at about 1:59 p.m. and fully take place around 3:13 p.m. on April 8, 2024, shrouding Cleveland in darkness for about three minutes and 49 seconds. As if that wasn't interesting enough,...

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Remembering Cleveland's Front Row Theater

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Remembering Cleveland's Front Row Theater

My day job takes me by the Home Depot on Wilson Mills Rd. in Highland Heights at least twice a week. Pretty much every time the same thought pops into my head: How many people that drive by here as often as me or even frequent the Home Depot realize that on this very site once stood a truly magnificent 3,200 seat entertainment venue, the Front Row Theater. Opened by none other than Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. on July 5, 1974, the Front Row was a magical place to see a show. The seating was circular, but there were no...

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